The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education offers an eight-week, paid Summer Internship as part of our efforts to educate students about their rights at colleges and universities. This internship gives current undergraduates the opportunity to assist FIRE in defending civil liberties on campuses all across the country. FIRE interns do substantive work and participate in weekly seminars with FIRE staff and other experts on freedom of expression, due process, and much more.
Interns will work at FIRE’s downtown Philadelphia office. The 2014 program will run from Monday, June 9 through Friday, August 1 and interns will receive a stipend of $2,800.
FIRE is looking for intelligent and energetic undergraduates (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) who are interested in FIRE’s mission and work. Ideal candidates are responsible, focused, and organized, and have an interest in civil liberties. All interns are expected to demonstrate excellent research, writing, and communication skills. The ability to work under pressure and a sense of humor are also important.
For information on FIRE’s Legal Internship for rising second- and third-year law students, click here.
- Work closely with our Campus Outreach, Defense, Education, Development, and Media programs to assist with research and administrative projects. Interns complete research projects and help staff members with writing, case work, fundraising, public relations, and administrative duties.
- Attend and assist with the annual student summer conference. The FIRE interns will also lead an hour-long session for conference attendees.
- Write about FIRE cases and issues for our blog, The Torch.
- Develop strategies for ensuring open discourse once they return to campus.
- Learn the foundational arguments for protecting core rights in our free society through reading and discussion in weekly seminars with FIRE’s staff and other experts on civil liberties.
The application period for the Summer 2014 internship is now open and will close on March 14, 2014. All prospective interns will be informed of their application status within two weeks of the deadline. FIRE considers applications for internships on a rolling basis.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample. The sample should be a piece of original writing (or an excerpt) no longer than five pages. While the style of the writing sample is your choice, please consider the type of writing published by FIRE in making your selection. If you do not have an appropriate writing sample, we encourage you to write about your interest in our mission.
Please send application packages to the address below. Email is preferred.
Emily Buck, Program Officer
FIRE Campus Outreach
170 S. Independence Mall W., Suite 510
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fax: (215) 717-3440
Questions and inquiries about FIRE’s Summer Internship Program can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.